Dr. John Meyer, Dean of the School of Business and Technology at Florida SouthWestern State College, holds a DBA in Management from Argosy University and an MBA from Hodges University. He has served in public and private education for over 16 years. He also has over 20 years of business and leadership experience where he owned and operated privately held automotive ventures, conducted corporate training, and practiced managerial consulting. His areas of academic interest include person-organization fit and the relationships that organizational and occupational cultures have on human behavior and, by extension, the success of organizations. His areas of personal interest include almost everything automotive.

Dr. Meyer is an active researcher and author on the Workforce Now project, a regional research initiative to identify current and future talent requirements for the five counties of Southwest Florida. The Workforce Now initiative is designed to provide better information on workforce gaps including skills and characteristics desired by regional employers. The plan is to deeply study industries or sectors each year to provide a continuous stream of information from employers to educational institutions, and to look for ways to create dialogue and new partnerships between businesses and educational institutions. In less than a year, two papers have been produced. The first took an in-depth look at three major local employers and the second examined three industries central to our local economy.

Dr. Meyer believes that Workforce Education has never been more significant and appropriate than it is today and he passionately looks forward to continuing to work with all stakeholders to continue to grow Florida SouthWestern State College’s School of Business and Technology while keeping its programs academically rigorous, applicable, practical, and professional.